Let’s face it — minimalistic moves are an easier move. After years of living in one place, it’s truly hard to understand how much you can accumulate. And oftentimes, you don’t realize it until you’re smack dab in the middle of packing.
Decluttering is a big step in creating a simpler, cleaner, and stress free move. But if you have too much stuff, you might feel overwhelmed. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are a few helpful tips to decluttering your home.
Plan it out.
You might want to skip this part, but it’s important. While you could jump right into it, creating a plan of attack will help you determine which areas will be easier than others. Creating a task list and tentative timeline for decluttering will help you go into it feeling more organized. You’ll want to list out what items you’re looking to get rid of, and what you’re planning to do with them.
Once you have your plan of attack, it’s time to start sorting. As you go through your items, separate them into piles that make sense to you. We recommend creating a donation pile, recycle pile, and trash pile for starters. Sort as you go, making additional piles if needed. If you can empty out a room to put these piles into, even better. We find lots of people benefit from clearing out an entire room first, and using that room as the “pile room,” so everything you’re donating or throwing away can be found in one place.
Make the hard (or easy) decisions.
Decluttering your home can be an emotional process. It’s hard to get rid of things sometimes, especially when there’s an emotional attachment to it. As you’re staring at the item, ask yourself these few questions:
- Am I keeping it just because I think I should?
- Is this item causing me stress, or bringing me joy?
- Have I used it in the past year, and do I plan on using it in the future?
- Would I buy this item again if I didn’t have it anymore?
If you’re still unsure on some items, put them in their own separate pile, take a breather, and sort through on another day. Sometimes these decisions depend on what mood we’re in, and tabling the sorting for another day could prove helpful in making better decisions.
If you’re done sorting and still have too much for your new home to handle, consider throwing it in storage. Or if that seems like a big leap, try leaving a few boxes at a friend or family’s house. If a few months has gone by and you forgot you completely forget about it, chances are you’ll never touch it again.
Decluttering your home shouldn’t be a one time deal. Make sure you’re setting goals for when you plan to do this again. Creating and sticking to set goals will help turn minimalism into less of a chore, and more of an upkeep task.
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